By Larry Atseff
Meet Anna Hallene, owner and trainer at Glenwood Farm where she trains horses and riders to compete in the sport of show jumping. She grew up in Hinsdale where she developed a passion for the sport, and for the people and horses who participate in it. It’s one thing to have a dog or cat for a pet. It’s quite another to have a 1200 pound animal. These horses are athletes in their own right. A lot goes in to their care and into forming a bond that enables horse and rider to tackle a course of jumps in the show ring. She says, “I grew up riding at a local stable, Stanley Luke Farm and was lucky to have the opportunity to compete extensively in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings as a kid. I was a quintessential barn rat, spending all my time at the barn and riding anything and everything I could get my hands on. And honestly, not much has changed. I’m still a ‘horse girl’.” Since becoming a professional at age 23 in 2015, she has competed in everything from the baby green hunter and young jumper classes up through the national Grand Prix level, and has coached students to success, as well.” She opened Glenwood Farm in 2020 and explains: “I sought to create something that isn’t so easily found – a stable that combines training for high-level competition and quality sale horses with a business-minded and customer-service oriented mindset.”
“I firmly believe it’s possible to combine classic horsemanship with modern equine management in a professional and transparent business atmosphere. We’re proud of running our operation with these pillars as the foundation.” Glenwood Farm is operated out of Equestrian Events in Maple Park, IL. The stables feature large, airy 12’ x 12’ stalls, a fully heated barn and indoor ring, a large outdoor ring with fiber footing, and acres of grass and all-weather paddocks. Anna adds, “My staff and I see it as a huge privilege to be able to work with these animals on a daily basis. To be entrusted with the care and training of clients’ horses is just as much of a privilege, one we don’t take lightly.” From April – November, she helps riders and their horses prepare for competitions throughout the Midwest, often at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, in nearby Wayne. Then, from December – March, Anna and some of her clients shift attention to Wellington, Florida, where equestrians from all over the US and the world gather to train and compete. All in all, Anna has gotten off to a great start with her clients and her business. For a nice, pleasant, short drive and diversion, her Glenwood Farm is just 45 minutes west on I-88 where you get off at exit 47. If you’re interested in touring her well-thought-out operation or learning more about her program, call ahead to 630 915 4715.
For more, go to www.glenwoodfarm.us